February 20, 2016, by Laura Estrop
BUCS Nationals 2016: Saturday round-up
What a day! Day two of the 2016 BUCS Nationals saw some incredible victories and some nail biting close finishes you’d have to see to believe. With the competitions in full swing across Sheffield, there was something for everyone! Read on to see all of Saturday’s highlights.
The day started bright and early at 9.30am at All Saints and success was quickly found with Guy Jucikas securing us our first medal of the weekend, a bronze in Men (1 Kyu & Above) Under 73kg. This was quickly followed by Sophie Daniels who secured us another bronze this time in Women (1 Kyu & Above) Under 78kg.
Not too far away at Ponds Forge, we saw day one of the karate championships commence. Our men’s Kumite team came in third while our male Kata team ended their fight in fourth place, both nicely winning us BUCS points.
Over at Ice Sheffield, Saturday also saw the first day of the male and female Trampolining competition get underway. A solid performance throughout the day paid off and bouncing their way into the finals are: Josh Whale who finished 11th and James McCoy in 12th for the BUCS 2 men’s, Cameron Morgan in 1st place in BUCS 6 men’s and joining them from the girls is Holly Hinks 16th place for BUCS 3 women’s.
Back for the second day of the Badminton championship our UoN team were not messing around. The day saw some great game play and three of our athletes qualifying for Sunday’s finals. These include, Rohan Midha in the men’s singles who smashed his was through winning each of his matches. He continued his winning streak in the mixed double with Ellen Mahenthiralingam again landing them a place in the finals. While Ellen and her female’s doubles partner, Emily Witts also made it into the women’s doubles finals.
Watch this space for what could be some BUCS gold!
A strong day for our female athletes with four qualifying for Sunday’s finals! Saturday saw the women’s 3000m run taking place, our high hopes were met when scholar, Aubree Piepmeier, effortlessly finished 3rd in her heat, easily qualifying for a spot in the finals. Joining Aubree is high jumper Emma Lowry who qualified with an impressive 1.66m jump!
Fun fact, the University still holds the BUCS record for women’s high jump, which our alumna Isobel Pooley obtained in 2015 with an incredible 1.87m jump.
Other notable wins come from Beth Mortiboy who qualified for the final of the women’s triple jump and Donelle Arulanandam, who will be competing in the women’s long jump final!
Success wasn’t just limited to the girls though, Josh Bull came second in his heat and qualified for the men’s 3000m run finals, Alex Bradford made it to the semi-finals of the men’s 1500m run and it was a photo finish in the men’s 4x200m relay but we were sadly pipped to the post.
But that’s enough preamble, we all know what you are waiting for, the hotly anticipated, 2016 BUCS Mascot Race! Representing UoN was our beloved Lenton the Lion. The tension was palpable and the atmosphere was electric. However after what was the most dramatic race of the day, Lenton finished in a disappointing 7th place. Chin up Lenny, there’s always next year.
— UoN Sport (@UoNSport) February 20, 2016
Second day over at Graves Tennis Centre for the men’s sabre and women’s foil. In both we made it down to the last 32 but were sadly knocked out at this stage.
Sunday: the finals
With so many of our athletes in Sunday’s finals, do your #GreenandGold teams proud and get up to Sheffield to show your support! It’s free entry to all events, you’d be mad to miss this! Times and locations can be found on the BUCS website.
You can follow all of the action from the BUCS Nationals on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and also right here as we’ll be updating each regularly throughout the weekend. There will also be regular updates on the BUCS official website and social media channels.
Image credit: Alex Wilkinson